Innovation of the Year Award Winner

2015 Winner Project: Global Citizen Program


Kera Coyer, Academic Advisor, Winter Park, Suzette Dohany, Professor of Speech, Winter Park, Susan Dunn, Manager of Credit Programs, Winter Park, Linda Firmani, Counselor, Winter Park, Jean Marie Fuhrman, Professor of Reading, Winter Park, Cate McGowan, Professor of English, Winter Park, Valerie Woldman, Professor of Humanities, Winter Park

The inter-disciplinary team helped to integrate an international component, either as an embedded unit, an assignment or both, in their classes so that all courses in the Honors Jeffersonian Track will have an internationalized component.

“The Global Citizen Program is a Jeffersonian Honors track of the James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College and a unique concept at Valencia College that can be easily replicated at other colleges,” explained Suzette Dohany.

The program has a unique partnership with Valencia’s sister college, Koning Willem I College, in the Netherlands, and provides an exceptional opportunity for the students in the program to step outside of their comfort zones by getting involved directly and personally in the lives of others living thousands of miles away.

“Indeed, a new ‘ICE Age’ is coming: the age of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship on both local and global scales,” Suzette declared. “At the heart of the program are the students, complete with their needs and circumstances; and as the world becomes smaller through technology and travel, it is increasingly important to develop international understanding in students.

2014 Winner Project: Circles of Innovation: Where Good Ideas Collide and Great Discoveries Are Made Possible!


Adriene Tribble, professor, humanities, Osceola Campus; Karen Cowden, professor, reading, West Campus; and James May, professor, ESL, East Campus.

Circles of Innovation (Circles for short) is an attempt to create both digital and physical spaces where self-directed faculty, those driven by a sense of mastery and common purpose, can come to mingle, contribute, collaborate, solve problems, and create new forms for Great Teaching. In addition to monthly, face-to-face meetings which offer a creative spin on professional development, is a socially ranked, topically tagged, open-source, shared space where teachers from across the country can come to learn and share. Circles of Innovation is “Where good ideas collide and great discoveries are made possible!”